September 13, 2019 3 min read
Having the ability to transcribe your ideas, stories and characters into the real world on a piece of paper is unique. The problem of course is that your sketches do not always look the same as in a Japanese comic strip or cartoon. Find in this tutorial how to draw a male character manga style and how to bridge the gap between your imagination and what you actually draw, to finally draw a manga boy as you thought.
Let's start the structure of the human body by drawing a circle above a vertical rectangle. There should be about half a centimeter of space between the rectangle and the circle. Then draw a straight line through the middle of these two shapes.
Then draw two temporary elements: an inverted triangle starting from the top of the rectangle and ending at 2/3 of it for the upper body; and a semicircle starting from the bottom of the triangle and joining the two lower ends of the rectangle, for the hips.
Draw the arms and legs with simple temporary lines and temporary circles for the joints.
Finally add the contours of the arms, legs, neck and body shape, then remove the temporary items.
At this stage, you have a solid foundation on which you can rely to develop each part of the body.
Tip: If you are struggling to reproduce the right proportions, you can bring a visual reference such as a Body Kun .
To start the shape of the face of your Manga character, take the first circle of step 1. This will be the top of your character's head. It will help shape all other aspects of the head, such as the eyes and the mouth.
Then find the center of the circle and draw a vertical line through it from top to bottom. This will be the guideline for the chin of your character. Then draw the chin as in the picture below.
To get the right proportions, find the middle of the vertical guideline and draw a horizontal guideline on the width of the head. This is the line of the eyes.
Halfway between the eye line and the chin, draw another horizontal line. This new line will be the benchmark of the bottom of the nose.
In the middle of the line from the nose to the chin, draw a short horizontal line. This line will be the shadow under the lower lip.
Draw the line of the mouth equidistant between the line indicating the bottom of the nose and that serving as a marker in the shadow of the lower lip.
The eyes usually have a top and bottom with suggested sides or corners. The eyebrow follows the shape of the upper eyelid to a certain extent. The distance between the eyebrow and the upper eyelid is proportional to the height of the eye. Here are some examples below:
There is no limit to the nose but in general, Manga's noses are of a fairly simple form whose bottom corresponds to the reference line mentioned in Step 2 "Drawing the face". Some examples below:
Make a line indicating the limit of the hairline. Note that the hair is outside the circle guideline that you first drew for the face, for a more real effect.
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Take a Body chan if you want to learn how draw a manga female and check our manga girl drawing article.
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